Good Shepherd Grapevine – 27 August 2020

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A Funny Thing About Prayers 

by Pauline Hylton 

A chicken landed on my head. “Ladies, be patient, I’m getting your food.”

Who knew two years ago I’d be feeding 75 hens, collecting eggs, and selling fresh produce at farmers markets? God did. The truth be known, I prayed for it. Not necessarily for the chicken on my head, but I prayed the Lord would move us to a new state, a new ministry, and a new life. I asked Him for a deeper faith in Him, and that my husband would be known in the gates — not me.

He answered, but not like I thought He would. A friend of mine said, “If you can figure out how God is going to do something, that’s not how He’s going to do it.” Ain’t that the truth.

He moved us to 66 acres to start a farm and a new business. We’d never grown anything, much less made a living doing it. In fact, until college, I thought olives grew with the red things in them. We are completely dependent on God for everything — so are you friend, you just haven’t realised it yet.

Then, He plunked us down outside of Mayberry RFD with my 94-year-old mom who needs a lot of my attention. So it’s not me the people at our church know — I can’t get there as often as I’d like — it’s Tom. In fact, he’s teaching a Sunday School class on Hebrews. Go figure. My two prayers answered, just not how I would have done it. Prayer is powerful.

This year, I’m praying for three things and they’re not even original. Moses prayed them after the golden calf incident. They’re found in Exodus 33:12-23.

First Request

The first request of Moses is in verse 13. He asked to know the Lord. That’s my heart, too. I want to know him like I know a close friend.

The other day while driving the 50-mile trek to Bible Study Fellowship, I turned off the radio to speak with God. “Okay, Lord, I know you are glorious and I want to begin with praise, but before I forget, I’d like to pray for the lady who lost her son this year. I know she’s hurting and since I’m 55 and will forget to pray for them later, I’m letting you know now. I know You understand.”

Then I noticed the fog resting in the valley alongside Pilot Mountain. My grandmother’s favorite scripture came to mind—Psalm 121:1-4:

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” (NIV)

“Thanks, Lord for the mountains and all the creatures on them. When I view your creation, it makes me appreciate and love you more. And by the way, I’m glad You don’t sleep.”

Our conversation ebbed and flowed and contained times of relaxed silence. What I’m trying to say is that it was comfortable. I’m getting to know Him better and I’m glad.

Second Request

Moses next request in verses 14-16 was for the Lord to go with Him. In fact, he tells the Almighty that if He doesn’t go with Him, Moses would rather not go.

I’m praying the same. Often in the rush of the morning, I forget my dependence on Him. I rush off with my agenda in hand instead of His presence — not only that, when I don’t depend on His presence I only have my power, which is puny.

My desire is to experience the joy of His presence and the strength of His guidance.

Third Request

Moses’ final request is in verse 18 when He asks God to show him His glory. And God says yes. Wow. That is a big prayer. It was so big that God had to hide Moses in the cleft of the rock and only showed him His back. (I can’t wait to see that instant replay in heaven.)

I’m praying big prayers, too. How will He answer? I don’t know. I do know one thing, if I can figure out how He’s going to do it, that’s not how He will. And that’s okay by me.

Submitted by Jennifer Grieger

Prayer Corner

This fortnight, staff and students pray for:


  • PENNA:  Barry, Trish, Bonita and Elsa
  • PISANO/RANDALL:  Gabrielle, Paul, Jacob and Ella

  • PITMAN:  Helen, Daniel, Will and Sophie
  • PODOLSKI:  Melissa, Andrew and Jasper



27 Leo Abdelmalek
27 Sean McCarthy


8   Kaitlin Schultz
10 Spencer Pech
11  Archie Davies
16  Zeke Osborne
25  Ella Randall
25  Matita Schroeder
26  Felix Maddern



31 Maya Klose


2   Jayden Ahrns
4   Brodie Heinrich
14  Mitchell Harvey
22  Charli McGorman
23  Amelia Emmett
30  Jesse Brandon


  • Jayden Evans – 6/7 Teacher
  • Sarah Loveday – Finance Officer
  • Rebecca Klemm – PE/Health Teacher
  • Danette Mifflin – Administration


  • This week we pray for Rachel, Justin, Eleanor, Harvey and Piper John and their extended family as they grieve following the recent loss of Rachel’s grandmother.

Principal’s News

Dear Parents,

“I like to be in America,
Okay by me in America,
Everything free in America.
For a small fee in America!”

I was watching Westside Story at the end of last year feeling super excited about my upcoming long service leave and the trip we’d planned to the US this year. Thanks to COVID – 19, my plans, along with the plans of millions of others, had been put on hold and I’d mentally closed the door on America. Imagine my surprise when I walked into the staff room last week to find the room had been transformed into a ‘mini USA’ of red, white and blue streamers with every kind of Americana Knick-knack that the staff could lay their hands on. They brought in American themed food and even provided a costume to help me get in ‘the holiday mood’.

Why am I sharing this? Well, it was incredibly thoughtful and gives you an insight into the special people that are part of Team Good Shepherd. I love working at this school because people really do look out for each other and go the extra mile to show love and support. There is a culture of caring, encouraging and helping that permeates every part of this school and it starts with our beautiful staff. I thank God for the blessing that each and every one of them is to me and our school community. If I can’t be in America right now then there’s no place I’d rather be than serving alongside these people.

And speaking of beautiful staff, today is Bec Klemm’s last day with us before taking maternity leave. We will acknowledge Bec’s contribution to the school and wish her well on her leave after Chapel tomorrow morning. Bec’s position will be covered by Rebecca Liersch. Bec is already well known to our staff and students as an excellent TRT teacher and is looking forward to joining us for the remainder of this year and 2021.

If you haven’t been in the school recently you might need to ask for directions to find what you are looking for! There have been quite a few changes in readiness for the building project to commence. The entire 6/7 class has now decamped to the library. The 5/6 class are getting ready to move into the German room from tomorrow. The Rainbow room has been dismantled and the Shine room is being temporarily used for learning support and German is being taught ‘on the run’ from class to class. While none of this is ideal, we need to be adaptable as a school in the short term as we work around the building schedule. We went through something similar a couple of years ago. The disruptions of the Junior Primary build were soon forgotten once we had the beautiful new learning spaces to move back into and enjoy and I’m sure it will be the same with this build.

Good Shepherd is currently building a data base of past scholars. To help with this the School has just set up a Facebook group: Good Shepherd Alumni Angaston. This is a group for past students of Good Shepherd Lutheran School from 1962 to present. Members are invited to use this space to catch up, share and reminisce. If you are in contact with Good Shepherd old scholars, please encourage them to take a look and join the group or they can share their contact details with the School directly on 08 8564 2396.


Anne Marschall

Classroom Snapshot – Mrs Jennifer Grieger’s Foundation Class


Rubi’s Visit

In the Foundation class this term our inquiry unit has been focused on living things. We have explored the characteristics of living things and what they need to grow. This unit has been incorporated into our daily literacy program. We have been reading daily texts about living things such as plants and animals, and watching short clips about to them as a focus for our writing lessons on ‘descriptions’. A big highlight for the students over the past five weeks was when Tracey Rathjen (Jobe’s mum) kindly brought along their new calf, Rubi, to school for the children to observe and learn about how to care and look after a new born calf.

 In their dedicated Inquiry lessons, students have learnt all about the parts of a plant and have planted their very own seed. The students have been keeping a seed diary to observe and describe the changes living things go through. We are looking forward to creating something special when their lettuce seedlings get big enough to enjoy!

Over the next five weeks our literacy focus moves into ‘information reports’ where students will build on their understandings of ‘descriptions’ as we learn more specifically about the animal kingdom such as insects, amphibians, birds, reptiles and mammals.

Jennifer Grieger
Foundation Teacher

IB PYP Learner Profile Awards


Week 5 – Monday 17 August 2020
FDN Jobe Rathjen Risk-Taker/
Jobe always makes good learning choices and sets a good example for his peers. Jobe also challenges himself in his daily writing, reading and mathematics.
1/2 Heidi Pritchard-Gordon Risk-Taker

Heidi took on the lead role in our Chapel play with such courage and confidence. She was incredibly focussed and practiced hard to achieve such a great performance.

3/4 Deegan Evans Communicator Deegan did a great job at conducting his Student Led Conference. He spoke clearly and explained each station with good detail and understanding.
5/6 Senspri Qualter Knowledgeable Senspri has shown excellent spelling skills this term by achieving 100% in all her spelling tests so far.
6/7 Kaitlin Schultz Inquirer Kaitlin demonstrated a fantastic work ethic and dedication to her unit of inquiry assessment, using her own time and resources to make her presentation as detailed as possible.



Week 6 – Monday 24 August 2020
FDN Charlie Klemm Risk-Taker/
Charlie always makes good learning choices. He challenges himself in all areas of the curriculum and always complete his work to a high standard.

Charlie Kenny


Charlie is showing awesome growth as he steps out of his comfort zone and demonstrates independence in his learning, relationships and events in the school community.

3/4 Parker Butler Caring Parker shows terrific leadership and genuine care when working with his buddy from the Early Learning Centre. He also uses his initiative to complete any classroom jobs that help his teachers or peers.
5/6 Judith Ratsch Inquirer Judith displayed amazing inquiry skills while completing our assessment for our current Unity of Inquiry. She created an elaborate community using Minecraft and explained her choices effectively.
6/7 Thomas Gaston Principled Thomas demonstrated a great, hard-working attitude to complete all of his work with great detail, and persevere with his studies even after being away for a long period of time.


Library News

Scholastic Book Club Issue 6 is out now! Orders need to be returned to the school by Thursday 10th September.

As usual, there are 2 ways to order;

  • Fill out the order form on the back page. Rip it out and return to the school with the correct cash.
  • Order online (LOOP). Go to scholastic.com.au/LOOP and register your details. You are able to order and pay online.

If the books are a gift and you do not wish them to go home in the class tray please select the gift box when ordering online or leave me a note and I will arrange to get the books to you another way.


Book Week

Please note that Book Week will now be held during Term 4, Week 2 with the Dress Up Day and Parade scheduled for Tuesday, 20th October 2020. 

Rachel John
Resources Cordinator

Demolition Day!

Last week Ms Loveday, Mr Morgan, Mr Loveday and their merry ‘troupe of tradies’ Heath, Archie, Ben, Thomas, Calum and Tiara rolled up their sleeves and cleaned out some areas of the school in preparation for the new building project. Thank you to each and every one of you for helping to make this huge task happen in just one day.

Chaplain’s News

Dear Good Shepherd Community,

Week six…already. 

Hope you are all going well. This weeks article is from parenting ideas and has insights on how to encourage kids to occupy themselves. From building in down time to inviting kids to keep themselves busy. Written by Michael Grose, a former teacher and he has thirty years of parenting education. Enjoy!

God’s richest blessings,

Fiona Lloyde

Encourage kids to occupy themselves

by Michael Grose

A child’s ability to fill in their own time and cope with moments of boredom are important independence skills to develop. Children have less practise at keeping themselves occupied than those of past generations. You have many jobs as a parent, but constantly entertaining your child, should not be one of them. These ideas will help:

Invite them to keep themselves busy

When your child tells you that he or she is bored they are bringing you a problem to solve. Boredom is your child’s problem, not yours. If this happens, encourage your child to keep themselves busy by asking questions such as “How can you keep yourself amused?”

Make a list

If your child is stuck for ideas make a list of activities that they can refer to when they’re bored. Include a variety of activities such as creative tasks, performance tasks, crafts, sports, indoor and outdoor games, music activities, reading and helping. Place the list in a convenient place with easy access and visibility.

Make a boredom buster jar

Cut up a list of boredom busting activities and place them in a jar. When your child is stuck for an idea to keep him or herself amused invite them to select an activity from the boredom buster jar. Ask your child to add enjoyable activities to the jar over time.

Encourage plenty of green-time

Today’s children spend more time in front of screens, and less time outdoors than those of previous generations. Not only is time spent in natural environments refreshing, relaxing and rejuvenating, but It’s also a wonderful way for kids to relieve boredom. Encourage your child to spend some of their free time outside in natural environments to promote good mental health and develop their confidence.

Help find their interests

If your child struggles to keep him or herself occupied, consider helping them identify a hobby or interest that they enjoy. Often finding that one activity a child loves or excels in makes a huge difference to their self-esteem and wellbeing, and can become the driver for future career choice.

Build in downtime

A trait common among healthy families is the propensity for everyone to enjoy spending downtime or unstructured time together. It’s during downtime that parents and children share activities together, which promotes better relationships and helps children’s informal learning.

Most children when given unstructured time will rise to the occasion (even after some complaining) and will find interesting things to do. By encouraging them to find something “to do”, other than filling their time with screen-based activities, you are promoting a fabulous life-skill in your kids.

Michael Grose

Michael Grose, founder of Parenting Ideas, is one of Australia’s leading parenting educators. He’s an award-winning speaker and the author of 12 books for parents including Spoonfed Generation, and the bestselling Why First Borns Rule the World and Last Borns Want to Change It. Michael is a former teacher with 15 years experience, and has 30 years experience in parenting education. He also holds a Master of Educational Studies from Monash University specialising in parenting education.

A big shout out to Julie Maddern for kindly nominating her very talented rose pruner husband, Troy Maddern to prune the rose bushes along the front of the school.  Troy is to be congratulated for his tenacity as he endured relentless heavy rain and hail whilst pruning.

Thank you Troy, we certainly appreciate your experience and specialised attention to our roses and look forward to enjoying the blooms of your labour in the future.


This week we welcomed Olivia (Liv) to Mr Evans’ 6/7 class.  Please join us as we make Olivia’s family feel welcomed as our newest members of the Good Shepherd community.

Backpacks 4 SA Kids

Thank you to those families that have already donated items for Backpacks 4 Kids SA.  Please keep those donations rolling in so that we can make a difference for this great cause.

Please Note:

Due to current guidelines amid COVID-19 we are unable to share homemade baked goods with children at school.  If you would like to bring in something to share with your child’s class it must be purchased from a store and be indivdual pre-packaged goods. Thank you for your understanding.

Finance News

School Fees

School fees for Term 3 are now overdue.  Please contact Sarah Loveday if you would like to discuss payment arrangements.

We are very mindful of the continuing economic impact that COVID-19 is having on many of our school families. Please be assured that we understand. We have directly contacted those families that we are aware of who are experiencing financial stress to offer support. If you are also finding this time financially challenging,  and have not yet been contacted, please make it a priority to contact our Finance Officer, Sarah Loveday, for a confidential discussion about how we will support you. 

School Card Scheme 2020

Did you know that limits for the school card have now been increased. So you may now be eligible if you have not been in the past. Applications for the School Card Scheme are available online. To check if you are eligible click on the following link or contact Sarah Loveday for further information.


Golden Years at Good Shepherd


Congratulations Charlotte!

We are very proud to be sharing that one of our very own past students, Charlotte Noack has been selected as a recipient of the 2021 Thomas Scholarship by Foundation Barossa.

Charlotte was selected from a strong group of students, demonstrating a passion for their intended course of study, a strong work ethic and a commitment to the region.

Charlotte will be studying for a Bachelor of Education at either Tabor College or the University of South Australia.

We wish Charlotte every success as she pursues a career in education and look forward to seeing her teaching in the Valley in the future.

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